- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky health care company is getting rid of more than 280 positions across its system, news outlets report.

Of the 288 positions Baptist Health is eliminating, nearly 170 are in the Louisville area, and roughly 150 are administrative roles. Spokeswoman Kit Fullenlove said no hospital-bedside positions are affected.

“This continues to be a time of both transformation and great uncertainty in the healthcare industry,” the Louisville-based company said in a statement. “Baptist Health is realigning its structure to best meet the needs of our patients and communities within a challenging financial environment.”

An announcement went out to employees on Tuesday, and individual workers were being contacted Wednesday, Fullenlove said.

The company said that employees affected will be offered severance and outplacement job assistance if they’re unable to find other jobs within the system.

Administrators said the move was unrelated to the $150 million acquisition last year of the former Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Indiana.

The health system has 22,000 employees in its eight markets. Locally, Baptist operates hospitals in St. Matthews and LaGrange as well as the facility in Indiana.

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